What is a Florida Quitclaim Deed?
A Florida quitclaim deed is a document you can use if you want to transfer a property to someone else without any warranty on the title. A quitclaim deed may be wrongly called a “quit claim deed,” “quit claims deed,” or “quick claim deed,” but all of these terms refer to the same document.
This simple document states the transfer of the property, without any promise that the title is clear. Buyers who are buying from a trusted person or who are transferring property within a family can safely use a FL quitclaim deed.
Warranty deeds, on the other hand, give a guarantee that the title has been properly checked. Buyers who are buying from someone they do not know and trust should request a warranty deed.
Important Laws & Requirements
- Laws: § 695.01(2)
- Recording: A quitclaim deed in Florida must be filed with the County Recording Office where the property is located.
- Signing: Based on § 695.26, a Florida quitclaim deed must have two witnesses and a notary public who witnesses the grantor’s signature and notes their witness on the deed.
How to Write & File a Quitclaim Deed in Florida
Step 1: Download the document, leaving the box in the top right hand corner blank for the recorder’s office to use.
Step 2: On the top left, enter the name and address of the seller (grantor). Underneath that, list the name and address where the deed will be sent after it is processed. This is typically the buyer (grantee).
Step 3: Enter the county where the property is located.
Step 4: Enter the amount that was paid for the property. Enter both the number and the written amount.
Step 5: List the details for the grantee and grantor, including addresses and names.
Step 6: Create a legal description of the property. This will include the boundaries, address, and a physical description. It also must include the appraiser’s parcel identification number (PIN), which is required by § 689.02.
Step 7: Sign the document, with the grantor signing in the presence of a notary. The grantor must also print their name and add their address. All witnesses must sign and print their names and include their addresses.
Step 8: Record the document with the County Recorder’s Office in the county where the property is located. Pay any appropriate filing fees. Check with the county to see if a self-addressed stamped envelope is required, as some counties require this with their quitclaim deeds in Florida.